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            Paul Macklin

Star Trails and Fireflies

Star Trails and Fireflies, 



    
        

            Paul Macklin

Star Trails and Fireflies

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The constant firefly flashing here in the Indiana summer was really striking against the stars above. They fill the trees with their own constellations of flashing, while others fly in front of you leaving their own light trails. I tried to capture that essence. 

I took 13  30-second exposures (ISO 100) with a Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4 on a Nikon D5600, then stitched this together in Sequator. In photoshop, I stretched contrast and minorly tweaked yellow saturation to emphasize the fireflies and to match the on-the-ground human eye appearance. I didn't have enough time or battery to get dark and flat frames, so I minorly touched up in Topaz Denoise to eliminate hot pixels.

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Star Trails and Fireflies, 



    
        

            Paul Macklin